***Trigger warning: this blog mentions suicide***
We brought together 100 people touched by suicide to form a giant green ribbon at Trafalgar square for World Mental Health Day.
Hear from some of the people about why they came to the event, why Suicide Prevention is important to them and one thing they do to look after their mental health.
Andrew Clarke is a volunteer on the day. He is a chef and restaurateur and is a campaigner around raising awareness of mental health in hospitality. He started a campaign @pilotlightcampaign, with Doug Sanham (@dougchef2089) to shine a light on this issue. He stops to tell us about his own experience of depression and how he looks after his mental health with meditation.
Seek help for yourself
If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.
Other sources of help include:
- Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email [email protected]
- Papyrus is a dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697 or email [email protected]
- NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.
- C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.
- Support After Suicide Partnership offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide
Suicide prevention: how you can make a difference
Read about why the need for suicide prevention is as great as ever. In this blog there are also practical suggestions about how you can support others and get help for yourself.